Astronaut Thomas Pesquet named FAO’s Goodwill Ambassador

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet has been named Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Goodwill Ambassador.

Pesquet, whose second mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to be launched on 22 April, will help the UN food agency raise awareness about the challenges of rising hunger, and safeguarding the planet’s environment as well as biodiversity.

“We need the support of every individual. We need science. And we need action, most of all. Thomas Pesquet brings us a unique perspective, from the vantage point of space,” said the FAO Director-General QU Dongyu noted while conferring the title to Pesquet.

“Over the years, Thomas has worked in support of the FAO to help raise awareness of the impact of climate change on agriculture; of the importance of access to nutritious foods; and of how critical it is for us to manage our natural resources wisely, reducing food loss and waste. I am delighted that today you are committing to working even more closely with us, in your new capacity as an FAO Goodwill Ambassador.”